Blog Posts (31)
December 3, 2008
A study published by researchers from Harvard Medical School has found that persons who do not have health insurance are 20 times more likely to donate a liver or kidney for transplant than to receive one from another donor, says US News and World Report.…
August 14, 2008
The controversy surrounding the New England Journal of Medicine article about using cardiac death as the criterion for death in pediatric heart transplant has sparked significant discussion among ethicists.…
August 14, 2008
Today’s, New England Journal of Medicine published a report of successful pediatric heart transplantation from donors who suffered cardiac death. Part of their paper argues that using circulatory system failures as a definition of death would open up a significantly larger portion of cadavers available to donate organs.…
March 23, 2008
In a recent issue of Good Magazine, Graeme Wood argues that we should explore the possibility of allowing death row prisoners to, essentially, die by organ donation:
The real objection to the Mayan Protocol [death by organ donation] is aesthetic.
January 15, 2008
Gordon Brown, the British prime minister, set off a bit of row this past weekend with an op-ed calling for hospitals in the UK to adopt an “opt-out” policy for organ donation.…
December 17, 2007
NYT Mag: Desperately Seeking a Kidney
Sally Satel recounts her story of looking for a kidney donor:
Maimonides, the 12th-century Jewish physician and philosopher, believed that anonymous giving was nobler than charity performed face to face because it protected the beneficiary from shame or a sense of indebtedness.
December 3, 2007
NYT Mag: Death in the Family
Daniel Bergner writes about the effort of former Washington governor Booth Gardner, who has Parkinson’s, to get a physician-assisted suicide referendum passed there in 2008:
Why do this?
November 13, 2007
The Wall Street Journal has a long article about the growing (cautious) support for organ sales in the United States:
“There’s one clear argument for sales,” [transplant surgeon] Dr.